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JP resident taking over Oiste?

February 14, 2014
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JP resident taking over Oiste?

Jamaica Plain resident Juan Leyton will take up the post of interim director at the Latino political organization Oiste? following the previously director’s exit to lead the City’s Office of New Bostonians (ONB). “I love working with the Latino community,” Leyton told the Gazette this week. “I can’t say what will happen after we...

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Library plans no closures under Walsh

February 14, 2014
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The Boston Public Library (BPL), which proposed highly controversial branch closures under former Mayor Thomas Menino, has no such plans under new Mayor Martin Walsh. “All of our branches—24 in all, plus the Central Library in Copley Square—are open and will remain so,” BPL spokesperson Gina Perille told the Gazette in an email. During...

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Support grows for new T bus yard

February 14, 2014
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Support grows for new T bus yard

FOREST HILLS—Despite the MBTA’s rejection of his proposal to move a proposed permanent bus yard to a new site on American Legion Highway, local activist Allan Ihrer continues to pursue the idea and gather support. Ihrer, a long-time member of the Community Planning Committee for the Arborway Yard (CPCAY), has proposed building the permanent...

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JP WWII casualty to be honored in U.K. memorial

February 14, 2014
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A Jamaica Plain pilot who was killed in action during World War II is being honored by the United Kingdom’s Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire along with 25,610 other aircrew members. Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire (AHL), a partnership of local governments and aviation heritage centers based in the U.K., is erecting a memorial to aircrew who were...

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With Casey still delayed, MassDOT talks bus details

February 14, 2014
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The Casey Arborway project remains delayed, with a review by the state Historic Commission (MHC) holding up the project, project manager Stephen McLaughlin told a group of Forest Hills-area neighbors on Feb. 4. McLaughlin said he expects the project to be put out to bid “in a few weeks.” The meeting was organized by...

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Forest Hills gets bus clock

February 14, 2014
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Forest Hills gets bus clock

Forest Hills MBTA station got the system’s first bus countdown clock last week. The centrally located sign shows departure-time countdowns for all bus routes serving the station according to MBTA spokesperson Kelly Smith. “The display is flexible enough to allow the MBTA to add more information about bus service and other MBTA services in...

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‘Oreo’ gone from J.P. Licks

February 14, 2014
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Following a legal warning from cookie-maker Oreo’s parent company, the local J.P. Licks ice cream store is replacing the cookie’s name in its flavors in favor of “cookies ’n’ cream.” J.P. Licks owner Vince Petryk ran a contest to find a replacement term for the cookie’s name. It ended late last month. The winning...

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O’Malley seeks better trash cans, less litter

February 14, 2014
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City Councilor Matt O’Malley filed an order to reduce litter and promote recycling late last month. O’Malley said he believes that the City needs to expand its use of public trash compactors and recycling bins, explore the use of cutting-edge receptacles, and re-evaluate litter fines. “I’ve been working with the City for a better...

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Officials lay out 2014 agendas

February 14, 2014
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Gun control, drug treatment programs and education funding are among the items on the 2014 agendas of Jamaica Plain’s elected officials. State Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez said he has “a full plate” this year. He will be working on legislation to further regulate the pharmaceutical industry, following the distribution around the country of tainted drugs...

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JP reps. weigh in on Henriquez’s expulsion

February 14, 2014
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Jamaica Plain’s state representatives talked to the Gazette about the “difficult vote” to expel Rep. Carlos Henriquez, following his conviction on two counts of misdemeanor assault. The Massachusetts House voted earlier this month to expel Henriquez, a Dorchester Democrat. He was convicted last month of two misdemeanor charges, stemming from an episode in July...

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